Montana | Autism Politics, News & History

Montana | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Montana enacted autism insurance reform on May 5, 2009.

The reform forced insurance providers to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA is known as Autistic Conversion Therapy in the Autistic Community. 

The Autism Votes initiative was powered by Autism Speaks and other non-Autistic parent-founded autism organizations.

The ’autism community’ referenced in articles here is a different community than the Autistic community. The ’autism community’ prevented Autistics from participating in legislation, Autistic healthcare initiatives and more in a meaningful manner. Instead, Autistics are used as a prop or token in these initiatives. 

Autism Insurance Reform that included ABA was being protested by Autistics as it was being hailed by non-Autistics in the ’autism community.’ These non-Autistic parent-founded organizations and people didn’t listen to Autistics then, and they aren’t listening now.  

When this legislation was implemented, Autistics were silenced in the national conversation, and our civil, human and disabled rights circumvented or denied. 

Today, in every state, Autistics and our real allies are working hard to introduce legislation to get ABA banned.

We will be heard. 

Montana Autism News:

Autism Speaks Joins the Montana Autism Community In Applauding State Legislators for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (April 9, 2009) 

Brandon’s Bill Passed by Montana Senate Committee (February 17, 2009)

Autism Speaks Endorses Montana Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (January 30, 2009)

SB 234

Autism Politics

Montana enacted autism insurance reform on May 5, 2009.

LegislationSB 234

AKA: Brandon’s Bill

People: Brian SchweitzerKim GilanLaura SimonsenKendall Van Dyk

Bill History:

January 1, 2010: The Montana autism insurance reform bill, SB 234, goes into effect.

May 5, 2009: Governor Brian Schweitzer signs SB 234 into law

April 9, 2009: SB 234 passes its third reading in the House in a vote of 75 to 24! The bill now heads to the Governor for signature into law.

April 8, 2009: SB 234 passed its second reading on the House floor and was amended.  The bill now goes to its third reading on the House floor.

April 2, 2009: SB 234 was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a vote of 18 to 2.

April 1, 2009: The State House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on SB 234.  No vote was taken.

March 25, 2009: SB 234 passed on the Senate floor in a vote of 36-14. The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.

March 23, 2009: SB 234 passed by the State Senate Finance & Claims Committee in a vote of 11 to 8.  The bill no heads to the Senate floor for a vote!

March 9, 2009: State Senate Finance & Claims Committee holds hearing on Brandon’s Bill. No vote is taken.

February 23, 2009: Brandon’s Bill is passed on the Senate Floor in a vote of 35 to 14. Bill is referred to the State Senate Finance & Claims Committee.

February 17, 2009: Brandon’s Bill passed by Montana Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee in a vote of 6 to 5.  Bill is amended in Committee.

January 15, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 234 or “Brandon’s Bill,” introduced by State Senator Kim Gillan

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The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”

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